What is oncology rehabilitation?
Our rehabilitation therapists help you build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain the energy you need to participate in activities that are important to you.
The Oncology Rehabilitation team includes licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.
As part of your cancer treatment, our physical therapists can help you design an individualized exercise program that combines range-of-motion training with light resistance exercises. These therapeutic exercises aim to minimize your fatigue and optimize your physical function, safety and well-being.
Our occupational therapists can help you with daily living activities that are important to your routine and quality of life, such as dressing, showering and eating.
Speech and language pathology
Many cancer patients benefit from speech and language pathology. Therapists address problems such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of voice and cognitive changes that can result from cancer treatment.
Our massage therapists can help reduce your cancer-related pain and improve your quality of life during your cancer treatment. Some manual therapy options include:
- Traditional massage
- Stone therapy
- Myofacial release
- Soft tissue manipulation with passive stretching
- Trigger point therapy
Our chiropractors treat bone, muscle or joint pain, without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care can also help to relieve symptoms such as neuropathy, nausea and headaches.
This painless, non-invasive form of oncology rehabilitation, which involves stimulation of the auricle of the external ear, can help alleviate some of the side effects of cancer treatments, such as pain, nausea or fatigue.
This method aims to improve peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling, or loss of reflexes in different parts of the body. The technique involves an electronic stimulation to the area of peripheral neuropathy, such as the hands or feet, to increase tactile sensory and awareness.
Lymphedema prevention and treatment
Lymphedema is a condition in which excess fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling. Our oncology rehabilitation team combines surveillance with bioimpedance, gentle range-of-motion exercises, recommendation for compression options, and massage to either prevent lymphedema, or reduce the swelling associated with this condition.
CTCA offers a wide range of additional services/programs to promote faster and more complete recovery for cancer patients receiving radiation therapy, surgery or drug-based treatments.
- Programs to address sexuality concerns
- Programs to address incontinence
- Weight management/movement program
- Healthy lifestyle coaching
- Support for fatigue and sleep disturbances